Sometimes superclásicos fail to live up to expectations but you can rest assured the 2011 Clausura superclásico will be talked about for a long, long time as it had it all – penalties, red cards and a dramatic last minute goal.
It was the most talked about match leading up to the fourteenth round of the season and with both teams sitting one and two on the table the superclásico between Universidad de Chile and Colo Colo was always going to have a bit of extra spice. Los azules took the lead in the fifth minute as Charles Aránguiz slotted home a penalty after Eduardo Vargas was brought down in the area by Lucas Wilchez. Colo Colo had their chance to equalise in the 26th minute but Johnny Hererra denied an almost certain Marco Medel goal from a free kick with an extraordinary save. The match was then turned on its head in the 35th minute when goalscorer Charles Aránguiz was given a straight red card for a stamp on the aforementioned Medel in what was becoming a heated affair. On the stroke of half-time Colo Colo equalised from the penalty spot as Universidad de Chile were reduced to nine men as referee Claudio Puga ruled that Osvaldo González had deliberately handled the ball in the area.
Fourteen minutes into the second half, los albos took the lead courtesy of Esteban Paredes before Colo Colo goalkeeper Juan Castillo picked up a second yellow card in the 73rd minute for what looked some abusive language to the referee. The departure of Castillo resulted in Roberto Gutiérrez being sacrified for back up ‘keeper Raul Olivares. And it wasn’t long before the replacement goalkeeper was involved in some controversy as he felt the full force of Albert Acevedo’s boot to the face that stopped play for a significant amount of time. It seemed from the replays that Acevedo was lucky to remain on the pitch after the incident. With Olivares needing a significant amount of treatment it meant that there was to twelve minutes of stoppage time and it was in the 101st minute of match the final bit of drama occurred as Osmar Molinas headed past his own goalkeeper much to the delight of the visitors. The result maintains La U’s eight point lead over their rivals as well as keeping their unbeaten run for the season so far.
In other matches on the weekend Cobreloa jumped to third on the table despite drawing 1-all with Unión San Felipe as Audax Italiano suffered a shock 2-0 loss at the hands of the unfancied Santiago Wanderers. In fifth place but on the same points as Cobreloa and Audax Italiano is La Serena who defeated Unión Española 3-2 courtesy of a 91st minute Juan Sánchez Sotelo goal.
At the other end of the table Ñublense jumped out of the automatic relegation zone with a 3-1 win over Palestino with Universidad de Concepción taking their place after going down 2-1 to Universidad Católica in the last match of the round.
Primera Division Campeonato de Clausura 2011, fourteenth round
U. San Felipe 1-1 Cobreloa (P. Schwob (CB) 20′, E. Carballo (USF) 88′)
S. Wanderers 2-0 A. Italiano (T. Moreno (SW) 52’, S. Méndez (SW) 62’)
Iquique 3-2 O’Higgins (S. Pinto (OH) 21’, Á. Ramos (IQ) 49’ & 70′, J.G. Lorca (OH) 51’, M. Donoso (IQ) 89’)
S. Morning 5-0 Cobresal (F. Flores (SM) 10’, M. Gómez (SM) 53’, 54’ & 67′, F. Arrué (SM) 57’)
Huachipato 1-0 U. La Calera (J. Vera (HU) 21′)
Ñublense 3-1 Palestino (J. Grondona (ÑU) 25’ & 45′, N. Núñez (ÑU) 38’, N. Canales (PA) 58’)
La Serena 3-2 U. Española (D. Pezzarossi (LS) 29′, S. Jaime (UE) 69′, M. Vidangossy (LS) 80′, D. Scotti (UE) 88′, J. Sánchez Sotelo (LS) 91′)
Colo Colo 2-2 U. de Chile (C. Aránguiz (UCH) 5´, E, Paredes (CC) 45′ & 59′, O. Molinas (CC) (og) 101′)
U. Católica 2-1 U. Concepción (C. Guerra (UDC) 21′, C. Carignano (UC) 72′ & 81′)
Colo Colo 2-2 Universidad de Chile